Chips, cracks, gaps, and stains can detract from your smile and leave you feeling self-conscious.
Thanks to IPS e.max® veneers, Dr. N. Summer Lerch can revitalize and rejuvenate imperfect teeth.
Learn why people come to the Center for Esthetic Dentistry in New Haven, CT, for porcelain veneers.
How Veneers Work
Dental veneers are thin shells made of tooth-colored materials. They are designed to mask cosmetic imperfections that affect the front surfaces of the teeth. A little bit of enamel (less than 1 millimeter) is removed so the veneer fits properly. Placing one dental veneer or many veneers can give your smile a makeover.
From start to finish, the dental veneer procedure takes about two to three weeks. Our New Haven practice has helped countless patients achieve stunning results.
Porcelain veneers are practically indistinguishable from natural teeth. With proper care, your veneers can last 10 years or longer.
The Results of Dental Veneer Treatment
5-Star Reviews from Our Patients Board-Accredited Cosmetic Dentist in New Haven, CT
Dr. Lerch, Sheri, Karen and Rahishia, I cannot thank them enough. They were all very attentive, caring and professional. I had veneers that were nothing but unattractive and Dr. Lerch spoke with me and explained what she could do and asked if that was what I was searching for as a result. I walked out of her office today feeling like a new person! I am beyond happy and cannot wait for Covid to end so I can show off my new, bright smile underneath this mask! Thank you for helping me feel like me again.View On Google
What a wonderful dental practice! I’ve never received such amazing and personal care at a dentist office and/or most other medical offices. This team works well together and is happy to let you know as many details as you’re interested in knowing about what’s going on in your mouth. Everyone is on the ball, responsive, and just a pleasure to chat with! I rarely post reviews and found myself asking where I can do so for this office due to the high level of service I received. Thank you everyone and I look forward to my next cleaning ;)View On Google
Are Veneers Right for Me? Contact a Board-Accredited Dentist to Find Out
Do you feel hesitant about smiling and laughing, even around your loved ones? Do you have a public-facing job and sense that your smile is holding you back? If so, porcelain veneers may be just what you need.
Dr. N. Summer Lerch has used porcelain veneers to help patients in and around New Haven, CT. She enjoys making people love their smiles. Dr. Lerch was the first board-accredited female cosmetic dentist in all of New England, and has used her expertise to help her patients feel more confident about the way they look.
of IPS e.max
While people use the phrase "porcelain veneers" as a catch-all, not all veneers are made of porcelain. Veneers can be made from porcelain, ceramics, resin, and other composite materials. To ensure the best possible results, our New Haven dental practice uses IPS e.max. IPS e.max is pearl-like and extremely durable. You can bite and chew normally and not have to worry about damaging your restorations. We use IPS e.max rather than composite resins because we want your dental work to last as long as possible.
Are There Alternatives to Veneers?
Minor dental flaws can be addressed by several cosmetic treatments, but porcelain veneers are known to provide exceptionally realistic-looking results. Learn what sets veneers apart from two common cosmetic alternatives: dental bonding and teeth whitening.
Veneers vs. Bonding
While veneers and dental bonding address many of the same issues, veneers provide superior durability and esthetic value. Dental bonding uses composite resin, not porcelain, to conceal dental flaws. While many patients achieve excellent results with dental bonding, composite resin cannot compete with the incredibly natural appearance of high-quality porcelain. Veneers also last longer on average than the results from dental bonding. A bonded tooth will likely need a touch-up within three to 10 years, but with good care, you can expect your veneers to remain strong and beautiful for more than a decade.
Veneers vs. Whitening
Traditional teeth whitening can be extremely effective for many patients, but whitening services only correct surface-level discoloration, and teeth that have been whitened can quickly become stained again. Porcelain veneers mask deep-set staining under the surface of the tooth, which traditional whitening cannot improve. Veneers offer longer-lasting results and a way to conceal multiple dental flaws at once, while teeth whitening cannot address chips, cracks, or other issues. Our dentists are glad to help you determine which treatment is the best fit for your needs.
World-Class Dentistry With a Gentle Touch
I sat up in the chair again yesterday and cried tears of joy for the amazing work Dr. Lerch did on my two front teeth. One was cracked; one was chipped. They look better than they ever did, and all the work was covered by insurance. She is an artist, and visiting this cozy and loving practice is always a great experience.View on Google
Best dentist I’ve ever had. Always a great experience from the minute you walk in the door to the hygienist who is always so kind and gentle to the transparency of billing. 5 stars.View on Google
Your Smile Is Our Passion Our New Haven Team Looks Forward to Working With You
At the Center for Esthetic Dentistry in New Haven, our goal is to make sure that each one of our patients walks out of our office feeling happier and more confident in their smile than when they arrived. The opportunity to change lives for the better motivates us, and we are proud of the wonderful relationships we have built with our patients over the years.
We would love the chance to work with you to create the smile you've always wanted. If you are interested in how our dedicated team of dental professionals can help you achieve your smile goals with porcelain veneers, feel free to contact our New Haven practice online or give us a call at:
The Veneers Procedure
Day of Procedure
From start to finish, the dental veneer procedure takes about two to three weeks.
Veneer Aftercare Instructions
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
After porcelain veneers have been placed, patients should continue to brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once at night. This removes food particles and prevents the formation of plaque that could affect the health of your natural teeth.
Avoid Tobacco Products
Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, but your natural teeth can still become discolored. For long-lasting cosmetic benefits, it's important to quit using cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco. We can point you to resources that can help you kick the habit.
Stop Other Bad Habits
In addition to quitting tobacco products, avoid bad habits that can potentially damage your dental veneers. This includes biting your fingernails, using your teeth to open packages, crunching on ice cubes, and chewing on pens or drinking straws.
Protect Your Face and Mouth
Mouth and face gear can protect you from injury and prevent trauma to your teeth and veneers. Consider an athletic mouthguard while playing sports, and always wear proper head or face protection at work or when doing any potentially dangerous tasks.
Dentistry That Puts Patients First Why We're Loved All Over New Haven, CT
Dr. Lerch is a master of her craft. She and her team gave me a beautiful smile - they are patient, professional perfectionists in the best way. I couldn’t be happier with my results!View On Google
Once again these ladies saved my smile. I had a minor emergency involving one of my front teeth. They were able to give me an appointment the same day. They make you feel right at home once you enter the office. I wouldn't go anywhere else!!!View On Google
Budgeting for Veneers
Porcelain veneers are a purely cosmetic treatment, so insurance will not contribute to the cost. However, our practice believes in making the power of a beautiful new smile accessible to the patients who need it, which is why we offer financing options. During your consultation at our New Haven, CT, office, you can have a discussion with our staff about the ways we can help make veneers a comfortable fit for your budget. We believe that you will find veneers provided by our caring doctors to be a worthwhile investment in your confidence and overall quality of life.